Women's Prize For Fiction 2021: Shortlist Featuring Six Authors Revealed

Know the names and nominations on the Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist, one of the UK's most prestigious writing honours.

Tanvi Akhauri
Apr 29, 2021 08:06 IST
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The Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2021 is out featuring the names of six authors. On its 26th year now, the Women's Prize annually honours women writing fiction and is held up as one of the most prestigious recognitions for authors in the United Kingdom.


A longlist for the prize was announced in March and the final winner will be revealed July 7. The event this year will be chaired by Bernardine Evaristo, British author best known for Girl, Woman, Other. Judges for Women's Prize 2021 include Elizabeth Day, Vick Hope, Nesrine Malik and Sarah-Jane Mee.

Women's Prize For Fiction Shortlist: Know The Nominations

  • The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett
  • Piranesi: Susanna Clarke
  • Unsettled Ground: Claire Fuller
  • Transcendent Kingdom: Yaa Gyasi
  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: Cherie Jones
  • No One Is Talking About This: Patricia Lockwood.

Talking about the nominations and criteria for the winning novel, Hope says, "I'm so happy to be in a position where we can celebrate and uplift women's voices... In the women's prize for fiction winning book I am looking for originality... something that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."

Exploring the themes presented in the shortlisted books, Evaristo says, "Fiction by women defies easy categorisation or stereotyping, and all of these novels grapple with society’s big issues expressed through thrilling storytelling. We feel passionate about them, and we hope readers do too."


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